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City of Destin

Posted on: September 15, 2020



Is the City of Destin under any Watches or Warnings?

Yes, the City of Destin is under a Tropical Storm Warning. Staff will continue to monitor Hurricane Sally and work with our community partners and share public safety information to the public. Please continue to monitor legitimate sources such as the National Hurricane Center (, Okaloosa County (, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office ( and City of Destin ( for up-to-date information about the storm.

Has the City of Destin Declared a Local State of Emergency?

Yes, a Local State of Emergency has been declared. There are no orders for evacuations at this time.

Is the Mid-Bay Bridge or Destin Bridge Closed?

NO. The bridges are open. State and local law enforcement along with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) close bridges at a SUSTAINED 40 mph. Conditions are subject to change and we encourage the public to sign up for emergency alerts at Please contact FDOT (888) 638-0250, ext. 1599 or the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority at 850.897.1428.

Where can I get updates about storm information? / / /

Are schools closed?

Per the Okaloosa County School District, all Okaloosa County Schools are closed today, September 15, 2020.

Are shelters open at this time?

No, not currently. We encourage the public to monitor verified sources (listed above), the weather channel and local news sources. 

We are planning to come to Destin for vacation. Should we still come?

Double red flags are flying at all city operated beach parks and will remain in effect until further notice. With the anticipation of high surf and strong winds, all city operated accessways and water-based parks are closed and will remain closed until the severe weather passes. Please contact your rental property management company for updates. This is a fluid situation and can change at any time.

Is sand available?

Due to potential impacts of coastal flooding, sand is still available to the public at the City of Destin Public Services Maintenance Facility located at 3949 Commons Drive. The city will provide sandbags on a first come, first serve basis. Please feel free to bring your own bags and shovels.

Where can I get hurricane resource information for Destin?  

For helpful information about hurricane resources please visit

How can I receive emergency information directly about what is happening in Destin and Okaloosa County?

Please visit and sign up to receive local status alerts, storm updates and emergency notifications.

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